Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 20th January 2018
Monday 1st January 2018, 8:01am
Happy New Year 2018, which was welcomed in by a fireworks display last night at the base of the Furano Zone. For those that partied it up last night and are feeling sluggish, the weather outside may give you just the excuse you need for a couple of hours extra rest.
The wind is fairly significant here in the village with the snow coming in sideways. There is 4cm of new white on the ground which I scooped up in my hand only to find it was wetter than I expected. I guess that is not surprising given it is a warm -3c and will head up to +1c during the day. Anyway...time to put the boots on for the first time in 2018 and head up for some New Year freshies.
No fresh snowfall to report on this first day of the year with fine weather yesterday and this morning too. There is some sun, there is a bit of a wind and it is relatively mild.
By the end of today we may get some snow falling and snow is expected tomorrow into Wednesday.
Number 1 Gondola news
Regarding the Number 1 Gondola. Unfortunately, it sounds like some repair work is needed to get that operating again and it may well take about another month or so (as of the end of December), according to staff at the resort. The resort will of course be doing all they can to get it back up and running and I will of course keep you up to date on that as things happen.
With the Number 1 Gondola out of action it means that some areas of the resort are 'hike-up' - this includes the upper area of A1 course, A4 course and A6 course. They are available but you need to 'hike up' - and the same rules/restrictions as per the tree run courses apply. Please contact the resort about those. The Shooter 1-4 areas will be closed as long as the Number 1 Gondola is not moving.
Official snow depths:
Top: 305cm Base: 265cm
* All lifts scheduled to be operating apart from the Number 1 Gondola
Courses & Tree Runs:
* All main courses open apart from B2 today * The 'Rabbit' tree run course open - others yet to open
Nighta skiing operations are planned at Geto Kogen over New Year, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018.
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Good morning and a very Happy New Year to you all!
I will be upfront and honest - as always - I totally over-slept this morning, so that is why my report is unusually late. But I guess I am probably not going to be the only one today. My apologies anyway. I hope that you had a fun evening wherever you spent it.
Yesterday was a fun day out there with good weather, good snow and good spirited party people enjoying the evening. It was busy on the slopes of course but that is totally to be expected. The Avalanche Report says 'Yesterday's tracks are not covered' - and there were most definitely more than a few tracks being made! ;)
This morning there was just a very slight dusting of wet snow but no new cm to start the numbers off for 2018. As we expected it is relatively mild with the thermometer showing me +2C just now. It actually looks like it is going to get a bit warmer during the day too.
Right now there is quite a lot of blue sky to see and the sun is out, but later on rain seems probable down - at base at least. But that shouldn't last long with colder temps and good quality snow on the way; I hope to be bringing you news of fresh snowfall tomorrow morning.
One more thing, I see that top lifts appear to be affected by wind at the start of the day.
So there is a mixed bunch of weather going for this first morning of the year and seemingly changing conditions. We are of course all hoping that over the next few months the season will continue as it started. I will of course keep you informed every day.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6.00am: +1°, trace new snow. Moiwa 800m : -1.4°, E3.9m/s, trace new snow, easterly snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -6°, E10m/s, trace new snow. Hirafu 1250m: -4°, E10m/s, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:S9m/s. Kamui Cape: E7m/s, 1009hPa, wave 0.8m.
A low pressure front from the east has brought wet snow. Blizzard conditions are expected above 1000m. All peak gates are expected to open, however if the weather deteriorates they will be closed. Strong easterly winds can easily make hard slabs on steep east facing slopes like Backbowl sidewall. There has been avalanche accidents in the past in these conditions. Avalanches occur when conditions are right regardless of the amount of snow. Today's conditions are not the same as yesterday's. After the low pressure system passes through a strong westerly wind and snow will pickup. Make reasonable plans according to weather conditions.
There are many ridiculous traverse lines in Osawa and Backbowl. Traversing steep slopes can trigger avalanches. Many people are riding out of bounds on Annupuri Mountain. Heading to Goshiki by putting in a traverse line from the top of the lifts across Osawa, up and over west ridge is dangerous and has no consideration for other mountain users. An avalanche could easily be triggered placing people below in danger. Also once there is one track, others follow, increasing the chance of an accident. If you are heading to Goshiki, we ask you to climb to the peak and follow the ridge line down to Chinpoko Rock, then to Goshiki.
Yesterday's tracks are not covered. Take care crashing and falling on the chopped up slopes. Beware weather change. Happy New Year
Monday 1st January 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating ** But top Wonderland Chair lift on hold at 8:50am (wind and visibility)
Official snow depth: - Top: 250cm - Base: 170cm
Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:
Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):
* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair * Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift * Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair Read more ...
Monday 1st January 2018, 9:10am
Good morning and a very Happy New Year to you all.
Enjoy last night?
The slopes were as you might expect very busy yesterday. More cloud moved in with snow falling in the afternoon again but there wasn't much wind and I don't think there'll be any complaints. I spent my evening last night indoors but I am already hearing a few stories of some raucous fun that was being enjoyed. I expect there might be a few hangovers than normal this morning!
Back to fresh snow and here is what the resorts are reporting:
Hakuba Goryu - 10cm up top Hakuba Happo-one - 5cm top of Gondola Hakuba Cortina - 2cm at base and 3cm up top
Just a bit of snow down at base to report myself and while we had a pretty early morning sunrise, things have clouded over further since then and right now visibility seems generally rather limited out on the mountains. Oh yes, and while it doesn't feel particularly cold, it has started snowing. Hopefully this is the start of decent snowfall over the next few days. Look to Wednesday in particular for potential heavy snow. I like the sounds of that.
Have a good New Years Day.
Ski resort opening status on Monday 1st January 2018:
Here we are, 2018. Lots of regular heavy snow, please.
No fresh snow to report on this first morning (other than the 5cm that upper slopes of Kagura appear to be reporting).
Yesterday conditions were pretty good - especially in higher elevations. Unfortunately it was also quite windy up there and the GALA Yuzawa resort had to close.
There was a bit of dastardly drizzle last night at times so I hear (I stayed inside) and this morning it is kind of tying to snow though at times there has been some breaks in the cloud too and there's even some sun just to the north of Yuzawa now. It is keeping relatively mild, though not as much as yesterday. Not as windy either at the start of the day.
It feels like this morning we are in 'weather patterns are changing' mode.
Things are expected to be a little colder tomorrow and further still come tomorrow night and into Wednesday when 'heavy snow' is also on the forecast.
We'll have some of that, please!
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Maiko Snow Resort.
Updated: Monday 1st January 2018
** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information. Note that while we manually check this information each morning, sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports and so at times there may be an apparent delay.
Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami. Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Monday 1st January 2018, 9:24am
Appi New Year!
Another beautiful day here at Appi to bring in the New Year. Expect sunny skies most of the day today. This afternoon the clouds will roll in depositing around 20cm of fresh powder on the resort. The winds may pick up late this afternoon but shouldn’t stay around that long, perhaps into Wednesday.
The rest of the week will bring us on and off sunshine during the day times with a smattering of snowfall each day.
Wishing all of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Planned lift operations on Monday 1st January 2018 (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 4 lift - Central number 5 lift - Central number 6 lift - Sailer gondola - Sailer quad - Vista quad - Nishimori lift
Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on weekdays
Good morning from Nozawa and a very Happy New Year to you all.
A fine day yesterday both in terms of weather and snow on the mountain. Rather busy, but it was New Years Eve! Today will no doubt also be rather busy after perhaps a slightly later start than usual for some - myself included, sorry!
There's cloud around this morning and light snow falling on the mountain. Nothing serious yet, the heavy (but hopefully light and fluffy) snow is due to be falling come later on tomorrow and into Wednesday. Looks like there should be a fair amount being delivered.
All courses now at least part open except the following:
- Challenge 39 wall - Mukobayashi - Grand Prix - Kamoshika - Kandahar East Read more ...
Monday 1st January 2018, 9:44am
Hello and a very Happy New Year!
Light snow falling later on yesterday but still lots of people turning up to see the fireworks go off and welcome in the New Year.
This morning we have very changeable conditions with fast moving clouds. Was that rain I heard earlier on before I got up? Some blue skies earlier on this morning but a more cloudy situation as we approach 10am.
Forecast? You can see for yourself using the above tab but looks like maybe a little snow today but decent snow due from tomorrow night into Wednesday and hopefully through Thursday too...
Official snow depth: 200cm
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Number 3A lift Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift
Powder Wave II Free Ride Park River Line Adventure Aisle Crystal Bowl Ninja Sawa Rabbit Kamoshika
Kids Park Snow Mobile Land
Planned nighta operations this season:
Daily until 3rd January 2018 7th January 2018 11th February 2018 Every Saturday between 4th January and 24th March 2018 Read more ...
Monday 1st January 2018, 10:15am
Snow with fog
Happy New Year! Hope the Year of the Dog (which is my year, so you know my age is a multiple of 12) is a great one for you, especially, of course, on the snow.
I’m glad I’m reporting a little later than most days today, becasue we woke up early this morning to the sound of rain dripping off the roof. It does settle the old snow, and the new stuff has already started to fall.
The forecast is for snow, and probably a lot of it, over the next few days. Maybe even the next many days.
I didn't spend the day in bed, as Mozzer might say, but I did have a bit of a lie-in this morning. I hear earlier on the sun was out but right now it is cloudy with light snow falling and a thin layer on the ground.
The forecasts are looking good for decent snowfall over the next few days - with the heaviest expected as we enter Wednesday. Temperatures will dip and there's a good chance of stronger winds too. Be prepared.
All the best for 2018.
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.
Floodlit night skiing for the 2017-2018 season is planned as follows:
In the Uwanodai area: Daily until Sunday 4th March 2018 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018.
In the Yokokura area: Daily until Monday 8th January 2018 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 12th January until Sunday 18th February 2018. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 2nd March until Sunday 11th March 2018.
Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates:
January 2018: 1st-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-31st February 2018: every day March 2018: 1st-4th Read more ...
Monday 1st January 2018, 14:01pm
Good morning and a Happy New Year from Naeba! The snow is back already, however it's a gentle start to the next storm system travelling through. We've had 2cm of now overnight already, which is keeping the pistes in good condition. We are expecting the snow to continue throughout the day, however the heaviest snow is still to come.
Looking forwards, the snow is set to continue all week, with the heaviest snow fall on Tuesday and Wednesday. Along with the snow, "Storm Dougle" is expected to bring with him some strong winds, particularly during Wednesday day time. Temperatures are also expected to be dropping well below 0°C and remain there for most of the week.
We in Naeba hope you all have a wonderful start to 2018 and we look forwards to seeing you here soon!